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An Old Trail To The Mountain


I get asked regularly how the soldiers who worked at the weather station up on Pikes Peak got there. I am also asked how Katharine Lee Bates got to the top. Curiously, about the same way. It also includes an area you do not hear much about anymore. The spot is Jones Park.

Jones Park, over a hundred years ago was a popular resort area, about like Manitou Park. Jones Park was an early resort, and may have even been visited by Pike. From the 1880’s until in the 1920’s it saw regular visitors, with a few after that. Following Bear Creek Canyon out of Old Colorado City the old Gold Camp Road...

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